This is a line from one of the stories in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, called The Company of Wolves. If you haven’t come across The Bloody Chamber, it’s a collection of gothic short stories, in which Carter subverts traditional fairy tales and makes them into very shocking pieces. But once you get over the shock – trust me, there is a lot to be shocked by! – it is a very good collection.
But I’m not going to talk about The Bloody Chamber. Instead, I wanted to refer to that title line.
A lot of things have been coming together for me recently, and it’s a pretty terrifying time right now, what with exams and moving to university in September. It’s a big deal, and thinking about the future does worry me every now and then.
But that’s life. Life is scary. If it wasn’t scary at times then it wouldn’t be much of a life at all. You need to take chances and do new things; you need to welcome new opportunities and new horizons.
I don’t know what will happen in the future. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to one day become an editor in a publishing house or ever publish novels. I’d love both of these things, but sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you expect it to. So I just have to wait and see.
It’s good to be afraid. But you can’t let fear stop you from doing what you truly want to do, whether that’s accomplishing a long time dream, such as publishing a novel, or trying something new.
I may be scared. Yet I know I’ll get through it all. I simply have to take the bull by the horns, throw away my fear, and let what will be, be. I think Carter’s protagonist in The Company of Wolves had the right idea (even if the context is entirely different!).
What do you think? Do you agree with Carter’s words?